I participated in a group trip of guys only to this resort in western Newfoundland along with about 30 colleagues from my investment firm across Canada. We flew directly to Deer Lake airport, about 30 minutes from Humber Valley resort. Our purpose was to play golf, socialize, drink, etc. First the golf:
The course is only a couple of years old, and still a bit of work to do. However, 16 holes have water views, and the elevated tees and beautiful scenery make it a pleasure to play. Even though 2 of 3 days were raining, I was not bored with the course and could see playing it many times. The service surrounding the golf was not very resort-like. We had to fetch our own carts, and nobody offered to wash our clubs or even store our golf bags overnight.
The Resort: The resort is a community of about 170 single family homes stretched along a big area of Deer Lake and the Humber Valley. The homes, or "chalets" are either Lakeside, lake-views, or in a forested area. They are quite new, large and modern, although lacking in any charm or warmth. The construction quality is very mediocre and you would not want your own home built this way. For a weekend rental, it's fine, though. The chalets are fully-equipped, with flat screen TV's, sketchy satellite service and full kitchens. The biggest issue is that when we were there in mid-june 2007, there was virtually no landscaping and so all the roads are dirt, there were trucks everywhere and it was all gravel and stones, no grass. I'm sure this will be worked on.
Environment: The lake is beautiful, but I think it's so cold as to be virtually unswimmable. There is not that much to do on the resort other than golf. They have a restaurant or two on the premises with slow service and mediocre food. The nearest town/city is Corner Brook, which I guess is OK for late-night drinking, but not much else.
The most bizarre thing about Humber Valley is the fact that virtually all the chalets are owned by people from England. Apparently, they fly in charters from Gatwick, London and sell dozens of these things to English people. I have no idea why Newfoundland is so appealing to the Brits, but if I lived in England and were looking for a vacation property, I'd choose somewhere in Spain, or Portugal or Greece, where the weather is nice, not Newfoundland, where they get 2 weeks of summer a year! Anyway, I don't want to be too negative. The locals are all extremely friendly, and Newfoundland itself is quite "retro". Enjoy!
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